Rotary District 9980 Conference 2021


Rotary District 9980 Conference 19-21 March 2021

The anticipated programme will be: (please note that the programme may be subject to change, and some additions and surprises are still to be announced)

Friday 19 March 2021

Waimate Event Centre, Paul Street, Waimate

5.00pm – 9.00pm Registration, Drinks, Nibbles, and Fellowship.

6.15pm Master of Ceremonies (1) calls the attendees to order

6.20pm Kapa Haka / Powhiri – yet to be confirmed

6.35pm Opening Welcome from District Governor

6.45pm – 7.15pm Speaker/Entertainment 

7.15pm – 9.00pm Drinks, Nibbles, and Fellowship


Saturday 20 March 2021 

Waimate Event Centre, Paul Street, Waimate

8.00am Registrations

8.45am Master of Ceremonies (2) calls the conference to order.

9.00am Opening Speaker

Rotary International President Holger Knaack

10.00am Master of Ceremonies (2) introduces Speaker 2

Kirsten Patterson Diversity, Global Women’s Champions for Change and WiSPA.

11.00am Morning tea

11.30am Master of Ceremonies (2) introduces Speaker 3

Group Captain Carol Abraham MSS, BSc(Hons) RNZAF Peacekeeping

12.30pm Lunch

1.00pm Master of Ceremonies (2) introduces Speaker 4

Dame Therese Walsh 

2.00pm – 4.30pm Point Bush Eco-Sanctuary

Back at the Waimate Event Centre, where GREEN is the theme for the evening to celebrate Rotary's new area of focus "The Environment". So come dressed as a tree, a bush, Kermit the frog...... whatever takes your fancy of the green variety! Just be prepared to have a good time, and remember there is a fiercely contested best club costume competition.

6.00pm - 7.00pm   Pre- dinner drinks and fellowship

7.00pm Master of Ceremonies (3) calls the evening to order

Main course

7.45pm District Awards


9.00pm Party with Double Talk (band)




Sunday 21 March 2021 

Waimate Event Centre, Paul Street, Waimate

7.30am – 08.30am Bacon Butties

8.30am Master of Ceremonies (3) calls conference to order


8.50am Master of Ceremonies (3) introduces

District Speech Contest

9.45am Master of Ceremonies (3) introduces Speaker 5

Give Every Child A Future – R100 Project  

10.00am Morning Tea

10.30am Master of Ceremonies (3) introduces Speaker 6

Stephanie Woodall – Seven Women (Virtual)

11.30pm District Governor - District Awards, closing remarks and acknowledgements

12.00pm Conference finishes

12.30pm District AGM